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Monthly Archives: January 2012

New USDA Plant Hardiness Map

New USDA Plant Hardiness Map

Normally I’d have a review of a book or tool or something, but since the USDA came out with a new hardiness map recently I thought I’d talk about it briefly.

The interactive tool is pretty awesome. You can put in your zip code and then find your exact location. A simple click will tell you exactly what your zone and temperature range is. No guessing based on a low resolution map that’s hard to read…

The biggest change is that they’ve added two new zones at the warm end of the scale, zones 12 and 13.

We can argue about the ramifications of this map until we’re blue in the face, but the bottom line is that most areas went up a zone or two, and this means you can grow things you couldn’t before. Not a bad thing.

On the flip side, it means new pests and whatnot that will affect what we grow more and more.

We went to an 8a where we live, and our property jumped up to a 6a.  Definitely a change I’m going to have to think about.

For me, the most interesting part is the property.  I can now look at longer term perennials and trees or shrubs that wouldn’t really thrive in a zone 5 but can do fine in a 6.

What are your thoughts on the new map?

Using Systems and Processes in your Preps

Using Systems and Processes in your Preps

Our entire world is comprised of systems. We’re surrounded by them. Some are natural, some are human created. Some are good, some are bad. But there are systems for everything. The key is to learn how to leverage them and how to create your own systems and leverage them to reach your goals, whatever they… Continue Reading

Frugality … Your Money Or Your Time?

In today’s podcast I’m talking about frugality, and how it’s easy to become focused on money, when what we really should be focusing on is our time. Frugality shouldn’t just be about money, but should be about the tradeoff between money and time, and the relative value of the two. Have a listen, and let… Continue Reading

New and Noteworthy for Today, January 25, 2012

Here’s a bunch of links I saw today that I thought you might like. Burrowed Time Europe is falling fast even the usual banner wavers of recovery seem to know it now. Come to think of it I haven’t seen too many feel good fortune tellers spinning tales either lately. Where is Krugman these days?… Continue Reading

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